22 thoughts on “News/Politics 5-20-21

  1. I know many people who have the same concerns as me regarding the virus.

    I wonder what your thoughts are on this info.

    “Documents from Johns Hopkins and Pfizer raise serious concerns about transmission. The Pfizer protocol document regarding its COVID shot speaks of transmission from the vaccinated to the unvaccinated. It raises a red flag regarding pregnancy, miscarriages and transmission of other adverse reactions. I will explain more below.”

    https://lcaction.org/detail/20210519these-documents-raise-serious-concerns

    “Three years ago, Johns Hopkins published a paper discussing how to respond to a “severe pandemic” with new technology. It included “self-spreading vaccines.” It explains:

    “Self-spreading vaccines are genetically engineered to move through populations like communicable diseases, but rather than causing disease, they confer protection. The vision is that a small number of individuals in a target population could be vaccinated, and the vaccine strain would then circulate in the population much like a pathogenic virus, resulting in rapid, widespread [impact]” (emphasis added).

    A second way to “vaccinate” people is by feeding them the vaccine: “Ingestible Bacteria for Vaccination: Bacteria can be genetically engineered to produce antigens in a human host, acting as a vaccine.”

    Johns Hopkins is exploring “existing technologies … that were identified as candidates for inclusion in this report.” Two more technologies it suggests are “genomic sequencing” and “synthetic biology.” Both were used during COVID.

    When Pfizer launched its protocol, what it listed is disturbing, “Occupational Exposure” concerns … meaning the adverse side effects can be transmitted in the workplace from the vaccinated to the unvaccinated.

    The most troubling aspect is that Pfizer wants to track “occupational exposure.” This occurs when a person who receives the shot comes into contact with others who have not, thereby transferring the shot’s adverse reactions. Doctors are now reporting unvaccinated women experiencing abnormal bleeding after being exposed to a vaccinated person.

    Pfizer is concerned that adverse injection reactions could transmit to others via inhalation, skin contact, sexual contact and bodily fluids!

    Despite this serious concern outlined in Pfizer’s own document, the CDC and the FDA have been silent.

    We are learning more every day about COVID and these shots. They were developed and deployed in under nine months. We still know nothing about long-term reactions. What we do know and can agree on is that getting these shots must be a freewill decision. Yet, some states and mega corporations are pushing a mandatory vaccine passport.

    Pfizer wants to track the pregnancy outcomes of people in contact with an injected person. Beginning on page 67 of this document, Pfizer reveals its concern:

    “A female family member or healthcare provider who reports that she is pregnant after having been exposed to the study intervention [person who got the Pfizer shot] by inhalation or skin contact.”
    “Male family member or healthcare provider who has been exposed to the study intervention [person who got the Pfizer shot] by inhalation or skin contact and then exposes his female partner prior to or around the time of conception” (emphasis added).
    “Spontaneous abortion including miscarriage.”
    “Neonatal deaths that occur within 1 month of birth.”
    In the case of a miscarriage in a non-injected person physically close to someone who was injected, Pfizer wants to track the status of the miscarried baby. And Pfizer is also concerned about children who are born and wants to monitor their development for a period of time.

    Pfizer SHOULD be concerned because, according to the VAERS log, many miscarriages are listed by those who have taken the shots. And those miscarriages just rose 81% from the last two reported weeks (from 152 to 275 miscarriages). This jump happened when the CDC started recommending pregnant women get these shots!”

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    Take the time and read the whole thing.

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  2. Tapper’s a hack. Not surprising that he’d stand up for another one and help push her lies.

    The whistleblower who wasn’t is back in the news. Why she would be for anything except a public shaming for her numerous lies is beyond me.

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  3. Go Texas!

    “Gov. Abbott signs near-complete ban on abortion in Texas

    The governor signed a bill that bans abortion as early as six weeks and opens abortion providers and others who ‘aid or abet’ a procedure in violation to the ban to civil lawsuits.”

    https://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/2021/05/19/gov-abbott-signs-near-complete-ban-on-abortion-in-texas/

    ” Gov. Greg Abbott signed legislation Wednesday that abortion opponents call a milestone measure to protect life, while others decry it as one of the most extreme restrictions in the nation and vow to fight it in court.

    The law, proposed by Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, sets a ban on abortion the moment a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is as early as six weeks, before many are aware of their pregnancy. It goes into effect Sept. 1.

    The law also allows any private citizen to file a civil lawsuit against abortion providers, and anybody who “aids or abets” the performance of a procedure in violation of the ban. The law includes an exception for medical emergencies, but not for pregnancies that resulted from cases of rape or incest.

    One amendment prevents a person who impregnated an abortion patient through rape, incest or sexual assault from bringing a lawsuit forward under this measure.

    Abbott, who made his support of the bill clear before it received final approval, signed the proposal alongside Hughes, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Rep. Shelby Slawson, R-Stephenville, the House sponsor. They were joined by dozens of Republican lawmakers at the governor’s mansion, and Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr., D-Brownsville, a longtime abortion opponent.

    “Our creator endowed us with the right to life and yet millions of children lose their right to life every year because of abortion,” Abbott said before signing the bill. “In Texas, we work to save those lives. That’s exactly what the Texas Legislature did this session.”

    “The heartbeat bill is now law in the Lone Star State,” Abbott added.”

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  4. Waste, fraud, and abuse….

    This is why we can’t have nice things.

    https://www.propublica.org/article/ppp-farms

    “The shoreline communities of Ocean County, New Jersey, are a summertime getaway for throngs of urbanites, lined with vacation homes and ice cream parlors. Not exactly pastoral — which is odd, considering dozens of Paycheck Protection Program loans to supposed farms that flowed into the beach towns last year.

    As the first round of the federal government’s relief program for small businesses wound down last summer, “Ritter Wheat Club” and “Deely Nuts,” ostensibly a wheat farm and a tree nut farm, each got $20,833, the maximum amount available for sole proprietorships. “Tomato Cramber,” up the coast in Brielle, got $12,739, while “Seaweed Bleiman” in Manahawkin got $19,957.

    None of these entities exist in New Jersey’s business records, and the owners of the homes at which they are purportedly located expressed surprise when contacted by ProPublica. One entity categorized as a cattle ranch, “Beefy King,” was registered in PPP records to the home address of Joe Mancini, the mayor of Long Beach Township.

    “There’s no farming here: We’re a sandbar, for (edited) sake,” said Mancini, reached by telephone. Mancini said that he had no cows at his home, just three dogs.

    All of these loans to nonexistent businesses came through Kabbage, an online lending platform that processed nearly 300,000 PPP loans before the first round of funds ran out in August 2020, second only to Bank of America. In total, ProPublica found 378 small loans totaling $7 million to fake business entities, all of which were structured as single-person operations and received close to the largest loan for which such micro-businesses were eligible. The overwhelming majority of them are categorized as farms, even in the unlikeliest of locales, from potato fields in Palm Beach to orange groves in Minnesota.

    The Kabbage pattern is only one slice of a sprawling fraud problem that has suffused the Paycheck Protection Program from its creation in March 2020 as an attempt to keep small businesses on life support while they were forced to shut down. With speed as its strongest imperative, the effort run by the federal Small Business Administration initially lacked even the most basic safeguards to prevent opportunists from submitting fabricated documentation, government watchdogs have said.

    While that may have allowed millions of businesses to keep their doors open, it has also required a massive cleanup operation on the backend. The SBA’s inspector general estimated in January that the agency approved loans for 55,000 potentially ineligible businesses, and that 43,000 obtained more money than their reported payrolls would justify. The Department of Justice, relying on special agents from across the government to investigate, has brought charges against hundreds of individuals accused of gaming pandemic response programs.

    Drawn by generous fees for each loan processed, Kabbage was among a band of online lenders that joined enthusiastically in originating loans through their automated platforms. That helped millions of borrowers who’d been turned down by traditional banks, but it also created more opportunities for cheating. ProPublica examined SBA loans processed by several of the most prolific online lenders and found that Kabbage appears to have originated the most loans to businesses that don’t appear to exist and the only concentration of loans to phantom farms.

    In some cases, these problems would’ve been easy to spot with just a little more upfront diligence — which the program’s structure did not encourage.

    “Pushing this through financial institutions created some pretty bad incentives,” said Naftali Harris, the CEO of Sentilink, which helps lenders detect potential identity theft. “This is definitely a case where companies that decided they wanted to be more careful in terms of giving out loans were penalized for doing so.””

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  5. Word.

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  6. If the Jews respond, is that a tit for tat, or self defense?

    Your answer will speak volumes about you.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/05/video-pro-palestinian-gang-seeks-out-ant-attacks-jews-in-los-angeles/

    “As the sacred Jewish holiday of Shavuot came to a close Tuesday night, shocking footage surfaced on social media of what appears to be an anti-Israel gang’s vicious attack on Jews having dinner outdoors in Los Angeles.

    Israel’s fight against Hamas has again reached American shores. While cities all over Europe continue to report alarming spikes in physical attacks against Jews —citizen broadcasts via the Twitterverse show the same sort of assaults happening here.

    CBSN Los Angeles reports,

    Authorities are investigating whether an attack on diners that occurred outside a Beverly Grove restaurant late Tuesday night was a Jewish hate crime.

    The brawl occurred a little before 10 p.m. outside Sushi Fumi in the 300 block of North La Cienega Boulevard.

    Witnesses said a mob of pro-Palestinians attacked a group of Jewish men who were dining at the restaurant. Cell phone video showed a group of men get out of the car and start to attack them while yelling racial slurs.”

    One of the diners, who is not Jewish, told CBSLA a caravan waving pro-Palestinian flags approached and then began throwing bottles at him and the group he was dining with. The man said he is a photographer and the group was meeting at the restaurant to plan a wedding.

    The man said he was physically attacked when he tried to defend the group. He said the men used anti-Jewish profanity. He said he was pepper sprayed during the attack and had to go to the hospital.”

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  7. I’m sure all the folks who called us conspiracy nuts are sorry, right?

    They don’t seem to have the guts to admit they were wrong and us nuts were right.

    “New House GOP intelligence report lays out “overwhelming circumstantial evidence” virus leaked from Wuhan lab conducting U.S.-backed research into bat coronaviruses that has been linked to gain-of-function studies.”

    https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/coronavirus/thuhow-covid-lab-leak-theory-went-panned-seriously-considered

    “Exactly a year ago this month, as the pandemic raged, one of the government’s top biological threat experts gave a rare interview revealing the United States had been preparing for a decade for the dual possibility that a deadly novel virus would emerge either in nature or manufactured by an enemy.

    “The primary focus was being able to respond rapidly to biological threats as they appeared,” explained Dr. David Rakestraw, a top scientist who was coordinating the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s response to COVID-19.

    “We were focused on both the potential for natural occurrences, like the most recent COVID-19, but also on the potential for adversaries to use advances in biotechnology to create novel threats that we wouldn’t have vaccines for, we wouldn’t have therapeutics for, so how would we get to a solution, a medical response?” he added.

    You can watch the video here:”

    “The question of which scenario gave rise to the COVID-19 pandemic has now come full circle. At the time Rakestraw made his comments, the prevailing theory was the deadly virus afflicting the world was spawned naturally, jumping from bats or a host animal to humans.

    Scores of scientists even signed a letter declaring they were certain of the evolution, even as they debated in private that some evidence pointed to a manufactured virus escaped from a lab. Those who supported the lab theory were often panned and ostracized.

    Today, the possibility a coronavirus manufactured by China through so-called gain-of-function research has jumped to equal footing, with President Biden’s intelligence chief saying it is one of the two primary theories.

    In the journal Science this month, eighteen prestigious scientists urged further investigation to determine the origin of the virus that has killed 3.4 million people globally. “Theories of accidental release from a lab and zoonotic spillover both remain viable,” they wrote.

    A House Intelligence Committee report released Wednesday evening by the panel’s Republican members declared there is now “overwhelming circumstantial evidence” to support the lab leak theory, and the possibility the United States was supporting “dangerous” research at the Wuhan Virology Institute.

    The evidence includes:

    A U.S. State Department memo from January revealing that “several researchers at the Wuhan lab were sickened with COVID-19-like symptoms in fall 2019.”
    Media reports that there was no cell phone activity inside the WIV between Oct. 7, 2019 and Oct. 24, 2019, suggesting a possible shutdown or blackout at the facility.
    Warnings from U.S. diplomats in China in 2017 that the Wuhan lab was “conducting dangerous research on coronaviruses without following necessary safety protocols, risking the accidental outbreak of a pandemic.”
    A recent scientific study concluding that COVID-19 has “several characteristics that, when taken together, are not easily explained by a natural zoonotic origin hypothesis.”
    China has a history of viral leaks from its research labs, including one in 2004 in Beijing tied to an outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome, coronavirus.
    “Significant circumstantial evidence raises serious concerns that the COVID19 outbreak may have been a leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” the report crafted by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the ranking Republican on the panel, declared.

    The extraordinary evolution of thinking doesn’t only implicate science. It also is a question of whether U.S. intelligence early on missed signs or suppressed evidence that pointed toward a lab accident.”

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    Follow the science!

    Unless they’re completely wrong.

    Again.

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  8. Biden’s inflation tax.

    “Biden’s ‘Inflation Tax’ Targets the Poor and Middle Class”

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2021/05/20/bidens_inflation_tax_targets_the_poor_and_middle_class_145787.html

    “President Biden has repeatedly promised that he won’t raise taxes on American families earning less than $400,000 per year. Yet widespread and growing inflation due to his policies is — at least indirectly — breaking that promise. Call it the Biden inflation tax.

    Consumer prices have increased at an accelerated rate every month this year. In April, core inflation rose at its fastest month-over-month pace since 1981. The producer price index grew by the largest amount on record last month. Commodity prices are skyrocketing, with corn rising by more than 50% this year, lumber elevating to four times its traditional rate, and copper hitting a record high.

    Average gasoline prices nationwide have risen by about 40% since Biden was elected, exceeding $3 a gallon nationwide. Biden’s longstanding opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline contributed to widespread gas shortages across the Southeast caused by the cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline. As these input prices filter down to consumer goods, prices will rise even further.

    Inflation acts the same way as a tax by reducing the value of earnings. It devastates retirees and those on fixed incomes by making them poorer through no fault of their own. And it hurts small businesses, which must constantly raise prices, reducing sales and alienating customers.

    Biden’s historically aggressive fiscal and monetary policies are largely responsible for these developments. His extended federal unemployment benefits pay nearly half of recipients more to stay home than return to work. Lorne Zaman, a former concert promoter in Los Angeles, explains the dynamic: “If the government is going to pay you to stay home, you’re going to do that unless that job you really want comes along.”

    As a result, the country is experiencing its biggest labor shortage in at least a generation. The Labor Department revealed last week that there are 8.1 million unfilled jobs nationwide. To find workers, many small businesses are resorting to paying above-market wages and passing the cost on to their customers in the form of higher prices. For instance, The Grainery, a longstanding restaurant in Columbus, Ohio, plans to raise its prices by 25% to cover the increasing cost of labor and supplies.

    “We’re like, ‘Just come work here, we’ll pay whatever you need, and we’ll make it work later,'” said Adam Allison, owner of two restaurants in Phoenix. “We obviously can’t do the business if we don’t have the employees. If we need to raise prices on the beer, that’s what we’ll do.”

    Biden’s unnecessary round of $1,400 direct checks distributed last month has resulted in an artificial spending spree, with consumers bidding up prices for scarce consumer goods. This demand is occurring at the same time as widespread supply chain shortages for products like computer chips put further pressure on prices.

    Milton Friedman said, “Inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon.” Biden has already passed an unnecessary $2 trillion “rescue” plan and proposed $4 trillion in additional social welfare spending that would amount to the biggest expansion of American government since the 1960s. The Fed is monetizing this debt, dramatically increasing the money supply. Each dollar it prints is weaker than the last, requiring Americans to use more to purchase the same goods.

    In contrast to Biden’s proposed tax increases, this inflation tax targets the poor and middle class who are most vulnerable to price increases on daily staples. “

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  9. I paid $4.05 a gallon yesterday, plus $7 for the car wash.

    Because of the way inflation is monitored in this country, the real rate isn’t revealed. The US government’s inflation rate does NOT take into account food, gas, housing costs.

    I’m not sure what they’re counting.

    Food is up a good 20-40% out here.

    This is what really hurts the under-high-income class–or, most of America.

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  10. That’s anecdotal from about 1 week ago and at a particular station that may not be the cheapest, but sheesh.

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  11. Weep for America’s small business community.

    https://www.studyfinds.org/shoppers-swearing-off-big-box-stores-local-shops-shut-pandemic/

    “Half of Americans saw their favorite local store shut down because of pandemic”

    “Few people have escaped the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic and that’s especially true for local ‘mom and pop’ shops. A new study finds half of Americans have witnessed their favorite local businesses close down because of COVID-19.

    A survey of 2,000 people reveals 68 percent personally know a local business owner impacted by the pandemic. According to respondents, the most commonly impacted businesses include cafes (62%), retail shops (58%), gaming shops (55%), and book stores (54%).

    While a majority of Americans (71%) want to see small businesses in their community thrive, nearly two-thirds (62%) have witnessed their favorite local businesses struggle to pay rent or pay employees. On average, respondents can name two locally-owned businesses in their community turned down by the government after applying for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) grant.

    Commissioned by Templeton Distillery and conducted by OnePoll, researchers also discovered the pandemic has had a major impact on how often 65 percent of people shop locally.”

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  12. Thank Joe Biden. He built this.

    “Authorities Reporting Explosion in Number of Drug Seizures Across Nation”

    “Seizures of fentanyl, cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamines reported on the rise.”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/05/authorities-reporting-explosion-in-number-of-drug-seizures-across-nation/

    “n 2019, President Donald Trump scored a major win in the nation’s fight against fentanyl by forcing the Chinese to declare it as a scheduled substance. In addition, the move changed the trade restrictions on the opioid.

    Customs and Border Protection authorities have seized more fentanyl in 2021 than all of 2020.

    As of April, 6,494 pounds of fentanyl were seized by authorities at the border, compared to 4,776 pounds in all of 2020. In fact, fentanyl seizures have been increasing since 2018.

    Fentanyl is an incredibly potent opioid that is 50-100 times stronger than morphine, according to Dr. Darien Sutton, an emergency medicine physician based in Los Angeles and ABC News contributor.

    “People don’t realize how dangerous it is,” he said.

    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recently sounded the alarm about the amount of fentanyl seized in his state.

    Texas DPS also reported an 800% increase in the amount of fentanyl its officers confiscated after apprehending drug smugglers this April compared to last April.

    “I don’t know if Secretary [Alejandro] Mayorkas and the Biden administration either don’t have a clue what’s going on or they are purposefully misleading their fellow Americans,” Abbott told Fox News.

    The amount of fentanyl Texas DPS confiscated in April “was enough fentanyl coming across the border to kill every single person in the state of New York,” Abbott said.

    Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation to help prevent fentanyl overdoses by excluding testing products from the list of illegal drug paraphernalia.
    This will give access to testing products for people who use drugs or suffer from addiction to identify drugs that have been laced with fentanyl.

    As deaths from fentanyl continue to rise, the drug is now considered to have contributed to the most overdose deaths in Arizona. According to the Governor’s Office, it accounts for 522 of the 1,106 overdose deaths in the state in 2018.

    But fentanyl isn’t the only drug making its way across the borders. Coast Guard crews in San Diego have unloaded an estimated 11,500 pounds of cocaine seized from international waters over the past two months.”

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  13. How dare R’s point out the truth.

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  14. Year to year stats are going to abnormal this year. Given near dearth of economic activity last year, inflation, commodity prices, and even illegal drugs will all be much higher than last year. It will be noteworthy if its above the ten year average.

    I recall commenting last year that using private banks and finance firms to distribute PPP funds was a recipe for disaster or more specifically fraud. I also mentioned it would be much easier to just give the money straight to the workers — much less chance of fraud. By keeping workers on the payroll, they limit worker mobility which aids the businesses but doesn’t allow for the workers to seek jobs elsewhere — a key to a quick economic recovery.

    The Hamas-Israel cartoon is quite inaccurate. Isreali policy has always been to hit back with more force than an opponent — there’s no way Israel only has one rocket to that many Hamas’ rockets. In terms of force used Israel is roughly at the 10x mark. Whether Israel is in the right or wrong, commentators should strive for some resemblance of accuracy (I say the same to my pro Palestinian friends who post inaccurate maps)

    People are stupid …. people confuse all Muslims with al-queada/ISIS/Taliban, people in Europe blame American tourists for US foreign policy, and pro Palestinians blame Jews for Israeli foreign policy. The latter is quite stupid as many North American Jews are not fans of Bibi. I’ve had this discussion with my students but obviously some adults need the same lesson

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  15. Hamas is made up of Palestinians Kizzie.

    That’s a fact. They are also overwhelmingly supported by the Palestinian people. They even have a wing that does social services for the Palestinian people.

    And yes, they are terrorists. Don’t believe everything you read at The Week.

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